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29 Graduate from Nursing Program at NMJC

29 Graduate from Nursing Program at NMJC photo 5/12/2014 2:53:20 p.m. - Hobbs, NM.  

Non Sibi Sed Omnibus (“Not Self But Others”) is the Latin motto of the New Mexico Junior College Nursing Program, and 29 nursing graduates were reminded of this sacred commitment when they each received a special pin with this motto at the Nursing Graduation Ceremony May 8, 2014.

Hundreds of family members, friends and former nursing students attended the traditional “Pinning” ceremony, symbolizing the students’ new status as graduate nurses recognized by the state of New Mexico.  

The new graduates receiving their Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing are:  Cynthia Almendarez, Christina Bryant, Delores O. Campos, Yomaira Castor, Bailey Gage, Kristen Garcia, Leslie Goodrich, Jhovanna Hernandez, Kelsey Hughes Garcia, Rance Irvin, Yessenia Jaquez, Karen Ainsworth Johnson, Kimberly Jimenez, Edward Kemei, Cheree King, James Laws, Nikki Lord, Abilene Lujan, Larry Miller, Aksana Nelson, Jennifer Newton, Adrian Orrantia, Mark Lewis Owen, Jr., Kristin Roberts, Janet Ruiz, Jessica Barrera, Gregory N. Smith, Jr., Melissa Solovic, and Veronica Duarte Torres.

Professors of Nursing Marlena Bushway, Cheryl Lang, Lorraine Hannah, and Misty Stine “pinned” the graduates, while Professors Debbie Cates and Kim Webb gave them their official certificates and a candle.  The lights were then lowered and candles were lit, one nurse to the next, each passing the light of knowledge to the next.  The candles are in honor of the founder of modern nursing Florence Nightingale, who was known as the “lady with the lamp” during the Crimean War, selflessly helping British soldiers.  As a tribute to her dedication, the lamp became symbolic of nursing.

Once all the graduates’ candles were lit, the students and program director recited the Florence Nightingale Pledge*.  Two freshman then came forward with their candles, which were lit by the graduates, to symbolize transferring the Light of Knowledge into the Future.

Delores Thompson, Director of NMJC Nursing Program, reminded the students that their education will be continuous as new discoveries are made and new practices are implemented.  “Remember, as you move forward in your nursing career, you must be committed to lifelong education in nursing.”

Thompson has participated in the pinning and candlelight ceremony at NMJC for years, and with each graduation, she feels pride in the students’ accomplishments.  “They have worked so hard. And this ceremony epitomizes a milestone in their lives that they will always remember.”  Thompson said many people in the audience were former graduates who attend this ceremony each year.  “They want to welcome these new students into our profession. It shows their commitment to our vocation.”

For more information, contact Delores Thompson at 575.492.2519 or .

NMJC is a comprehensive community college promoting success through learning.


Photo:  2014 Class of Graduate Nurses

*I solemnly pledge myself before God and in the presence of this assembly, to pass my life in purity and to practice my profession faithfully.  I will abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous, and will not take or knowingly administer any harmful drug.  I will do all in my power to maintain and elevate the standard of my profession, and will hold in confidence all personal matters committed to my keeping and all family affairs coming to my knowledge in practice of my calling.  With loyalty will I endeavor to aid the physician in his work, and devote myself to the welfare of those committed to my care.

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